BRADENTON, Fla. - One week from now, Jordan Milbrath will still be a professional relief pitcher, that much is fairly certain.
What’s a big unknown is where he’ll be plying his trade. Milbrath, 26, was chosen by the Pirates from the Cleveland Indians in the Rule 5 draft this offseason.
If he makes the team, the Pirates would have to keep him on the roster all season in order to keep him in the organization. If he doesn’t make the team, he’ll get returned to Cleveland. Or Columbus. Or maybe back to Akron, where he finished 2017 in Double-A.
That’s a pretty big range of options, and as guys start to pack things up and prepare for the regular season, Milbrath is probably one of the few guys in the clubhouse that legitimately has no idea where he’s going to end up.
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